Welcome to #ChristianBooktober! We will start the month of everything Bookish by looking at Christian book publicity. Specifically, Celebrate Lit, and a little something for boosting SEO.
But first, what is #ChristianBooktober??
Well, some friends and I are trying a 31-day challenge, writing/posting every day in October. They’re calling it blogtober, but after all, this is a Library!! It had to be Booktober, and specifically, ChristianBooktober.
I plan to Spotlight a wide variety of books, and several of them are not my normal genre, so we might all discover a new favorite! Many days have awesome giveaways, too. It’s one of the best features of Celebrate Lit Christian book publicity tours!
There are several actual reviews in the mix, and a couple of Bookish gift guides. I believe this is going to be a great month! Christian book marketing can be so much fun sometimes!
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Celebrate Lit: Christian Book Publicity Group
When I started this book blog, I assumed that I would have to buy or borrow books to review. But conveniently (God’s timing, maybe?), one of my favorite authors shared something about this Christian book publicity group that needed book reviewers. My first tour was a look at Lydia in the Bible through Biblical fiction (my favorite!!). It didn’t take long to start over- “booking” my schedule!! I guess that means that Celebrate Lit is really good at Christian book marketing, huh?
Here are a few of the best past Celebrate Lit Christian book publicity tours I’ve gotten to share with you:
- Daughters of Northern Shores (Historical Fiction)
- The Arrow Bringer (Fantasy, Biblical Parallels)
- 5 Steps to Financial Freedom (Nonfiction)
- 21 Days of Joy (Devotional short stories celebrating MOM)
- Revolutionary (Young Adult Dystopian)
- Christmas Embers (Fiction, Marriage/Faithfulness)
Inside a Christian Book Marketing Agency
I had a chance to interview the founder of Celebrate Lit Christian Book Publicity Group, and I think you will enjoy reading it! She makes Christian book marketing sound like the best job ever!
We would love to hear a little about you, Sandy!
Sandra Barela was awarded her master’s in English from Southern New Hampshire University. During her program, she took a publishing class and fell in love with the industry. That infatuation sparked Celebrate Lit Publicity Group where she helps authors publicize their books through Facebook parties and blog tours. In the summer of 2016, she opened Celebrate Lit Publishing to help Christian authors bring their books to the reading world. The avid Christian fiction reader and author enjoys helping other great Christian authors succeed, one book at a time. You can visit Sandra on the Celebrate Lit website or on Facebook.
What inspired you to set up a Christian book marketing group?
I have always been an avid reader. When my kids were young, I would ask my family/husband to buy my books for my birthday, anniversary, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and anytime else I had the opportunity. I would painstakingly look through the CBD magazine (this was before Amazon was big) to choose books. It was always disappointing when I would get a book that was lackluster. I would talk to my reader friends about it and they felt the same way. About 8 years ago, a friend recommended I started a blog so I did.
About seven years ago, I got sick and had to take a medical retirement at 38 years old. I didn’t want to do nothing for the rest of my life so I went back to school to do a second masters degree in English with a focus on Creative Writing and Publishing. Part of my publishing courses were to study about publicity/marketing and I fell in love with it!
How did you get started with Christian Book Marketing?
Through my blogging, I had met a lot of wonderful Christian authors. About the time I was doing my marketing classes, an author friend of mine was trying to do a book tour but couldn’t afford the $1500 to do it. I looked over what it entailed and thought, “I could do this and put my own spin on it”. Part of that spin was having a landing page where the blog stops could be posted for readers to follow.
My daughter, Denise, was in her Bachelor’s of English program and thought it would be fun to help. The tour was a success and Celebrate Lit was born. Denise and I decided then and there that if we were to do this, we wanted it to be a ministry to help authors. Last year, we brought my other daughter, Kelsey, onto the team. It has been such a great blessing to get to work with amazing authors and publishers as well as my daughters!
What was one of the most surprising things you learned, working with Christian Authors?
When I was doing my master’s program through a public, secular, university, much was emphasized about how cutthroat the industry is. What a wonderful surprise it was to work with Christian Authors who wanted to help other authors and truly enjoyed doing it!
It is really hard to see great Christian authors struggle to get sales to make ends meet. So many have to work another job and work on their manuscripts outside of that job. If I was rich, I would be a patron so they could just focus on their writing 🙂
Your favorite part of Christian Book Publicity?
Getting to know wonderful Christian authors and bloggers. They have truly become like a family to me.
Interested in joining the Christian Book Publicity/Reviewer Family? Click here for more information!
What is it like, being a Mother / Daughters team Christian book marketing agency?
It is amazing to be able to do this with my two daughters. We work really well together! Denise and I have been able to attend conferences together which has been so much fun!
Christian Book Publicity & Publishing
Someone reading this wants to set up a Christian book marketing campaign for their new book through Celebrate Lit. How do they get started?
They can email us firstname.lastname@example.org and if they mention this post, they will be eligible for a special scholarship!
And there is a full list of Author Services available here!
One last thing, did I hear you are now publishing books also?
Thank you for having me on your blog today. I appreciate all you do for authors and to support Celebrate Lit!
Thank you Sandy, for sharing with us! It’s wonderful how well you’ve taken to “When God closes a door, he opens a window!” It’s an encouragement to me, and hopefully to many others!
Increasing Your Reach in Christian Book Marketing as a Blogger/Author:
If you have read this far, chances are pretty good that you care about sharing Jesus, and extending the reach of the Good News through Christian book marketing (and other methods).
I would like to take just another minute of your time to show you something. Last summer, I discovered LeeAnn Fox’s (AFFORDABLE) Blogging courses. Kindom Bloggers Acadamy. I made the investment and put in some effort.
In less than a year my site traffic has quadrupled!!!! This site is showing up on page one of Google searches!
Because I’m a homeschooling housewife, blogging is only a small piece of my time. I can only imagine the growth if I had been making this my top priority!
- Update, As of May 2020, I’m now getting over 100 views from Google traffic per day, where I was once excited to get 5 in a week!
Specific Christian Blogging Courses to Consider for Increasing Your Christian Book Marketing Reach:
After seeing the results from taking these courses personally, I became an affiliate. But honestly, I would be talking about it anyway!
First, the Blog Audit: LeeAnn will go in and spend time exploring your blog. Then, she sends you a document with constructive and positive suggestions for improvement.
AND, a video of her navigating your site, and making those suggestions come to life. Mine was 30 minutes long, and answered several frustrations that I had, that I could not figure out how to fix. It was Awesome!!
SEO for Christian Bloggers
(SEO=Search Engine Optimization=Getting Found on Search!!)
This course, SEO for Christian Bloggers, will take you through
- Backend SEO-behind the scenes stuff you wouldn’t think of
- On-page SEO-the visible stuff that makes your post more appealing
- Keyword Research-you can’t just pick a word and go!!
- Pinterest SEO-on your site, and on Pinterest
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I hope you’ll consider these courses because it’s a really good feeling to look up and see “More of Jesus on Page 1!”
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This discount will apply to the SEO for Christian Bloggers Course, Blog Audits, and for enrollment in the Christian Bloggers Boot Camp, which is a guided experience through the SEO for Christian Bloggers Course (next class starts in Jan/Feb).
If you are interested, here are more helpful Christian Blogging Tips!
Truly looking forward to Celebrating Christian Literature with you guys for the rest of #ChristianBooktober! Celebrate Lit’s Christian Book Publicity tours are so much fun!
Christian Book Marketing Made Simple
If you’re an author, I hope give Celebrate Lit Christian Book Publicity / Publishing a chance. These ladies are great to work with! Celebrate Lit’s Christian book marketing strategies take so much of the stress out of the process!
And if you’re a book blogger, looking for a family to share great books with, Celebrate Lit’s Christian book marketing means we get free books to read, and friends to share them with!
Until Next Time, Love God, Love Books, Shine The Light!!
A Sample of What’s Coming In #ChristianBooktober:
- Celebrate Lit with the Best Christian Book Publicity Group!
- Haven of Rest (Biblical Fiction)
- The Trouble With Nancy (Pony Express Mystery)
- Stitches in Time (Amish Fiction, Foster Care)
- Frost Heaves (Contemporary Alaskan Suspense)
- A Promise to Break (Great Depression Novel)
- Darcy by Any Other Name (Regency Body-swap)
- 115+ Bookish Goodies (Non-book items for Bookworms)
- Once Upon a Christmas (Contemporary Retellings of Timeless Fairy Tales)
- Summer Flash Burn By Erin Unger (Blue Ridge Romantic Suspense
- Synapse: Steven James New Book (Christian Sci-fi Thriller)
- The Vacant House (Murder Mystery)
- Acts420NOW (A Bible Study to Get You In Gear!)
- The Glittering Web (Futuristic Suspense, Untangling a web of Deception
- 44 Best Bookish Games and Bookworm Word Games
- Better than Fiction (Historical/Contemporary Romance)
- Bound to be Free (Bible Study/Spiritual Growth)
- No Turning Back (Romantic Suspense/Prison Ministry turned Riot)
- Hope’s Highest Mountain (Historical Romance, Montana Territory)
- Whispers in the Pews (Essays on Faith and Mental Health
- The Painted Castle (Historical/Contemporary Romance/Mystery
- 45+ Unique Gifts for Kids Who Love to Read (Gift Guide)
- Grief and Second Chances (God’s Gift of Hope-Nonfiction)
- Fatal Memories (An Arizona Border Patrol Adventure)
- How To Overcome Depression With Science and Scripture
- Mission Hollywood: Love Faith, and Second Chances
- Citizenship Bible Study: Leaders, Nations, and God
- Aiming For Love: Historical Romantic Comedy
- When Only Faith Remains (Mary, Mother of Jesus)
- Wonderful YaH: The Unveiling
- Before Christmas (Journey back to the Beginning)